Bell’s Brewery to invest $7M in Comstock, Kzoo projects

(File image courtesy Bell's Brewery)

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Bell’s Brewery is investing $7 million in projects over the next two years.

The majority of the projects will be at their Comstock location, but will also include projects at its Kalamazoo operations, according to a Bell’s Brewery news release.

The investment will include the addition of a pilot brewery, new specialty packaging line and other beer production-related projects at the Comstock brewery. A smaller pilot brewery will also be added to the brewery location in downtown Kalamazoo near the Eccentric Café.

Also included in the investment projects is one to divert brewing waste. Instead of sending low pH yeast to Kalamazoo’s wastewater treatment facility, it will be sold to local farmer to feed their animals.

“Sustainability happens in a lot of different ways, whether it’s departmental, ownership, but then also on the environmental front,” Bell’s Brewery president and founder Larry Bell told 24 Hour News in a phone interview Thursday. “We take our wastewater now and turn it into biogas to power the brewery out in Comstock. We still have some solid (waste). This is going to allow us to remove some more solid from the waste stream and we think that’s a good thing.”

Bell’s is also adding some space to its main office.

As for future developments, Larry Bell was coy.

“There’s always things percolating. Nothing I can tell you about right now, though,” he said with a chuckle.